With so many people on social media sites nowadays, it’s tempting to ask yourself if you should forget about driving traffic to your website and focus on marketing elsewhere. Why not go where people already are instead of making what can seem like a herculean effort to drive traffic to your website?
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In my business as a social media and branding consultant, I soon learned that author branding is one of those fuzzy topics writers shy away from. That's a shame, because effective author branding can help you reach your specific readers. And that, in turn, helps you sell more books.
If the concept of author branding has eluded … Continue Reading ››
An oriental man pushing a shopping cart full of books hailed me in the parking lot of a hardware store. "I..." His forehead creased with concentration. “Booook…" He smiled and pressed a hand to his chest. "Writer.”
I nodded but edged toward my car.
He flashed a bright smile and waved one of his paperbacks in my … Continue Reading ››
Write a Novel to the End: Sagging Middle Rx for Your Novel
The hardest part of any writing project is its midpoint. That's where the momentum that propelled you through the first scenes slows but the final scenes have yet to beckon you onward. Becoming lost in the middle of your book is usually a problem with … Continue Reading ››
After I sold my first short story, every time I tried to write, I’d wind up staring at the blank screen until I gave up, often bursting into tears. This went on for a year, by which time I must have figured out no one was going to chain … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Which Point of View Should You Use in a Novel?
I had no idea when I started that point of view in a story would take so much telling, but here we are on the third installment on the topic, with more in the offing. If you missed … Continue Reading ››